Leather goods of Florence

The artisan workshops of Tuscan capital

Firenze

Everyone knows that, even today, Florence is still dedicated to the artisan tradition of leather goods, shoes, handbags and, above all, the great success of artistic, split leather desk sets.

 

Where is the raw material prepared? Today, the district of high-quality vegetable-based tanning is concentrated in provinces of Pisa and Florence, in and around Santa Croce sull’Arno and Ponte a Egola. It continues a tradition that fears no competition despite the uniformity of taste and workmanship that characterise the market. The same is true for the productive district in Scandicci, just outside of Florence.

 

The heart of this know-how was born right here in the heart of Florence in the Santa Croce quarter, as revealed by some street names: Via della Conce (tanning street) and Via dei Conciatori (tanner street).

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In Florence, the companies that work leather by hand occupy an important place on the marketplace. Some inherited their work from the family. Of the others, some crossed the seas; others are transforming their ideal dreams into reality day by day. An institution such as the Scuola del cuoio, founded as a charity to provide social assistance to war orphans, has a marvellous reputation and produces fine leather objects. It is situated in the convent of the Holy Cross and has belonged to the Gori family for over sixty years.

When, in 1952, Florence was proclaimed the “Fashion Capital”, a winning inspiration of Giovan Battista Giorgini, classic leather goods sample collections began to incorporate handbags and suitcases.

 

Today, Florence can count on the presence of very exclusive bespoke shoemaker workshops, such as the now famous Stefano Bemer brand. The Japanese designer, Hidetaka Fukaya, and the German, Saskia Wittmer, have both elected Florence as their new home. Here they create unique, bespoke shoes while respecting the emphasis on colour and modulation of desire.

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Just as they do in the Mannina shop, a few steps away from Pitti Palace, where Antonio carries on in the family tradition, as he learned from his father Calogero. Another address to remember is that of Roberto Ugolini, in the Santo Spirito quarter. His workshop specialises in extremely comfortable shoes that also satisfy the desire for beauty.

Il Bussetto Firenze 1989
Via Palazzuolo, 136r, Firenze, FI, Italia

Dimitri Villoresi
Via D'Ardiglione, 22, Firenze, FI, Italia

Paolo Vitale
Via Enrico Toti, 72, Macherio, MB, Italia

La Casa della Scarpa dal 1961 di Orgallo Lorenzo
Via Vittorio Veneto, 237, La Spezia, SP, Italia

Beppino Rampin
Via Quintino Sella, 31, Roma, RM, Italia

Damiano Chiappini
Via Adone Zoli, 14, Montegranaro, FM, Italia

Sandali Siniscalchi Sorrento
Via San Cesareo, 83, Sorrento, NA, Italia

Lamberto Bartolozzi
Via Roma, 75, Tolfa, RM, Italia

Selleria Altieri
Via Leopoli, 61, Civitavecchia, RM, Italia

Bettanin e Venturi
Via Luigi Settembrini, 1, Milano, 20124 MI, Italy

Segalin di Daniela Ghezzo
Calle dei Fuseri, San Marco, Venezia, VE, Italia

Gabriele Gmeiner
Campiello del Sol, San Polo 951, Venezia, VE, Italia

Franco Cimadamore
Via Carducci, 20/22, Montegranaro, FM, Italia

Mannina
Via de' Guicciardini, 16/r, Firenze, FI, Italia

Roberto Ugolini
Via dei Michelozzi, 17/r, Firenze, FI, Italia

Peron & Peron
Piazza San Francesco, 14/A, Bologna, BO, Italia

Selleria Le Cuir
Via Sant'Anselmo, 13, Aosta, AO, Italia

Stefano Bemer
Via di S. Niccolò, 2, Firenze, FI, Italia

Il Micio
Via dei Federighi, 6/r, Firenze, FI, Italia

La veloce Calzolaio
Via Caldirolo, 80/84, Ferrara, FE, Italia

Tomas Than
Viale Piave, 4, Milano, MI, Italia

Stivaleria Savoia
Via Francesco Petrarca, 8, Milano, MI, Italia

Scuola del Cuoio
Via S. Giuseppe, 5/r, Firenze, FI, Italia

Vivian Saskia Wittmer
Via di S. Lucia, 24/r, Firenze, Italia

Giosa di Giorgio Santamaria
Via Ciovasso, 6, Milano, MI, Italia

Marini 1899
Via Francesco Crispi, 97, Roma, RM, Italia

La Vacchetta Grassa Cuoieria Artigiana
Corso Canalchiaro, 42/44, Modena, MO, Italia